As naturopathic doctors we strive to treat the whole person. What does this mean exactly?
Treating the whole person means we delve into the spiritual, physical, and mental/emotional components of each patient. The beautiful thing about being human is that we are all very much apart of the same fabric but every one of us has a slightly different attribute.
Part of our training as naturopathic physicians is that of a family medicine doctor. We can treat a variety of different health concerns such as general health and wellness, anxiety, depression, autoimmune disorders, eczema/psoriasis, thyroid disease (Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, and Grave’s disease), pain management, food sensitivities, diabetes, adjunctive cancer treatments, and acute infections.
We do this with a toolbox of modalities such as herbal medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy, diet/nutrition, lifestyle modification, and in some states pharmaceuticals and IV medicine. At Of The Earth Wellness we believe there is a time and place for all things. At Of The Earth Wellness, we strive for balance, empathy, and non-judgement.
Meet Our Team!
Dr. Dave Hamilton
Dr. David Hamilton (preferably, ‘Dr. Dave’) specializes in botanical medicine, family medicine, pain management, and clinical nutrition. He uses these modalities to best individualize patient care. He treats a variety of different conditions which range from the acute cough or cold, pre and post natal care, pediatrics, lyme’s disease, hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disorders, autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s Disease; gastrointestinal disorders such as food sensitivities, IBS; anxiety and depression, eczema/psoriasis, fertility assistance, male and female health concerns and a number of other conditions.
Dr. Dave received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. Dr. Dave co-owns a small urban homestead with an emphasis on “Food as Medicine”.
The farm is home to chickens, Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats, turkeys, ducks and bountiful raised garden beds. For the farm’s dedication to organic and sustainable practices, he was awarded the Paul C. Bragg Health Science Scholarship. The humbling and grounding nature of plants serve as a reminder that all things are connected. Herbs are a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals. Their long and well-established tradition of use and ease of assimilation by our given their similarity to food. Dr. Dave uses the energetic and medicinal properties of plants to enhance and individualize treatment to promote health and wellness.
Dr. Dave is offering herbal medicine classes and hosting herb walks at his farm, Wish We Had Acres and other venues across Charlotte. You can find he and his wife Laura at Atherton Mill and Farmer’s Market or NoDa Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9am-2pm. So come on out and support your local farmers, get some good food, and healthy products!
Dr. Dave is also a board member of the North Carolina Herb Association where he helps educate the public and other healthcare professionals on continuing education on herbal medicine.
By harnessing nature, healthy habits, and the body’s innate ability to heal itself he is able to individualize each patient’s journey toward health. Dr. Dave believes in creating a maintainable and sustainable approach to your health goals. He is flexible and will offer his recommendations based on your health goals on how fast or slow you want to achieve them.
Education is a huge component of medicine. The greek term “Docere” or “Doctor” means to teach. Dr. Dave takes the time to engage each of your health concerns to empower you with knowledge of yourself. Plant the seed of health and grow balance naturally!
Geriatric Therapy Dog
Champ is the eldest of the pack at 16yrs old he’s seen it all! He’s been a support for Dr. Dave while he was in college and medical school. He currently sits in on most patient appointments and is often fast asleep within minutes.
Therapy dog and Livestock Guardian Dog
Auryn is our Great Pyrenees and Livestock Guardian Dog. Her main job it to protect our goats on the farm but when she is inside she love a good snuggle and a high five. Be sure to give some love to this gentle giant!
Marketing and Public Relations
Laura Denyes is Of The Earth Wellness’s marketing and public relations director. Laura grew up spending summers at A.R.E. camp in Appalachia where hiking, creek walks, reverie and foraging were all a way of life. Natural healing, healthy diet and an environment of shared responsibility were cultivated amongst other principles of Edgar Cayce; founder, healer and spiritual guide. It was here that Laura’s passions for plant identification and living off the land blossomed after a foraging class with Vicki Shufer. Laura is now a botanical photographer, practitioner and student of botanical medicine with Chestnut School and Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. Laura is the full time manager of her farm business, Wish We Had Acres, and wellness clinic, Of The Earth Wellness. Hand crafted, locally made natural health and body care products are available online and in Charlotte, NC at The Last Word, Birdhouse on the Greenway, Gumbo: The Store, NoDa Farmers Market, Queen City Pantry in Atherton Mill and Market. Please check the farm shop for additional retail locations.
Peaches is a seasoned pup and very loyal. If you’re having a bad day, she loves to snuggle in your lap or by your feet. She may be a little chubby but just more to love!
Chico Nasty…he is often the fodder of all small children that come to the farm/practice. He is a Don Juan in his own right. Loves snuggling in small spaces, and on anything that is remotely off of the “cold” floor. He’s been found in or on purses, throw pillows, and even a sheet of paper. He is also the first to let us know of any oncoming firetrucks or ambulances by giving off a howl which gets all the other dogs involved as well.
Chaga is our youngest pup who is still in training but loves to sit in on patient appointments an once she gets her excitement under control she will often sit by your feet or in some cases will want to sit in your lap.
What We Treat!
Anxiety and depression is not something we take lightly at Of The Earth Wellness. We believe that health encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. Addressing mental/emotional concerns is extremely important and beneficial. Many people are affected with anxiety and/or depression. Often this is a very Huge barrier for many people to overcome. With the environment that we live in currently we are vulnerable.
We practice a variety of ways to manage pain we can use several modalities such as prolotherapy, physical medicine, herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle modification. Contact us today to see what will best suit your needs.
The thyroid is the thermostat of our body. It helps us regulate our metabolism, temperature, hormone output and a variety of other functions. Often it can over or under function creating a variety of health problems. Sometimes our own body attacks the thyroid such as condition as Hashimoto’s or Grave’s Disease.
Hypothyroidism is one of the more common thyroid dysfunctions we see at Of The Earth Wellness.
The gut is one of the most important organs we have. It is responsible for absorbing our nutrients, excreting our waste, producing 80%+ of our neurotransmitters like serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine. These neurotransmitters help us regulate our emotions, hunger, and immune system.
Our gut is also home to a billions or even trillions of beneficial bacteria. However, if we mistreat our gut or if one is on chronic antibiotic use our guts can become dysfunctional. Creating problems with constipation, diarrhea, bloating, candida overgrowth, dysbiosis, leaky gut, IBS, Crohn’s, SIBO or any variety of concerns that arise.
The gut is the seat and gate keeper of our immune system, without it we are very susceptible to a variety of infections or problems.